Your feet will be tapping as we bring you a joyous and fast paced summer concert on Saturday 9th June, as part of the Letchworth Festival.
Béla Bartók's Romanian Dances are based on 7 tunes from Transylvania, each very short, but building from a slow stick dance, through to the wild final ‘fast dance’, all in the space of five minutes! Antonín Dvořák also included folk dances in his Czech Suite, opus 39. He starts with a stunningly beautiful Pastorale, then weaves faster and slower movements before his final boisterous furiant.
“My little symphony in F” is how Beethoven described his ‘8th’ but it feels far from ‘little’ to play! Written in 1812 at a time when there were a lot of challenges in his life, not least he was becoming increasingly deaf, it has a very cheerful and uplifting mood and a lot of notes to play for the violins in particular. Beethoven conducted the premiere, and reportedly ‘the orchestra largely ignored his ungainly gestures and followed the principal violinist instead…’. Our conductor Rowan will be hoping we are better behaved!
Béla Bartók: Romanian Dances
Antonín Dvořák: Czech Suite Op.39
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op.93
Saturday 9th June 2018, 7.30pm
Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
Tickets are £10, (£5 for students) available